Enjoyed our plant-based BBQ the other week? Then you wouldn’t wanna miss Enviro’s biggest event – the SUSTAINABILITY FAIR. Free food (lots of them) and bevs provided! 🌱
WHEN: 12-2PM, Thursday May 20th
WHERE: NORTH COURT
Love the environment but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. With over 10 stalls of different environment-related initiatives on campus, come along and have a chat, learn about their work, and get involved!
Stallholders to be announced! See you then 🙂
STRIKE WITH ENVIRO!
WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
Click ‘going’ to our event here!
School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike
for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.
The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day.
Click going on our Facebook event and get a free ticket here!
Is the University achieving its sustainability goals? How can the University create a sustainability strategy that centres students and amplifies BIPOC voices? Bring your ideas and questions to our panel event!
In collaboration with UMSU People of Colour and UMSU Indigenous department, the Student Sustainability Forum is an opportunity for students, staff and community members alike to hear from those spearheading the University of Melbourne’s sustainability efforts, and to work with them in imagining a more sustainable future, where voices of colour are amplified and centred.
Light refreshments will be provided on the evening.
Location: Arts West – Room 353 (Interactive Cinema Space)
Date & Time: 6-7.30PM, Thursday 29 April
Clare Walker – Sustainability Associate Director
Sue Hopkins – Sustainability Manager
Raveena Grace – Sustainability Engagement Officer
Ben Neville, Finance – Business & Economics Sustainability Fellow
Callum Simpson – 2018 Environment Office Bearer
Rubina Smith – Facilitator
The Sustainability Forum will be held on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. The sovereignty of this land was never ceded and it remains Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Sustainability in Art-Making
Passionate about art and the environment? Join UMSU Creative Arts and UMSU Enviro for eARTh Day to explore how incorporating sustainable strategies can become a fresh source of inspiration in your creative practice.
When: Thurs 22 April, 4-5pm.
Where: Arts Lab, Level 3, Union House
This event is being held on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.
Do your subjects lack a coverage of how your field of study relates to sustainability? Sick and tired of readings with no BIPOC representation? Tell us all about it.
The UMSU Environment Department acknowledges that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Let’s chat about Ecofeminism! Ecofeminism connects the exploitation and domination of women with that of the environment. There is a connection between women and nature that comes from their shared history of oppression by a patriarchal Western society.
Come along and talk about your experiences – rant your heart out. It’s a safe space ❤️
We’ll have colouring sheets and other fun activities on the day!
Date and Time: 12-1PM
Location: W*men’s Room, 1st Floor, Union House
Mark it in your calendar!
The UMSU Environment and Women’s Department acknowledges that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Alternative Protein Project: Future of Food (panel + Q&A) 🌱
Come and get involved with UMSU Environment’s latest project – the Alternative Protein Initiative for a panel discussion about paving the way to a cleaner and more sustainable food system through the development of alternative proteins. At a time where the demand to transition into a sustainable future is so pressing, our speakers will share the aspirations, challenges and possibilities of the alternative food sector and their own personal experiences.
This panel will explore what trend we anticipate going forward within the food industry, the challenges we are currently facing, as well as the roles that different stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy-makers play in accelerating this transition towards sustainability. Topics will range from plant-based and cultured meat all the way to clean agricultural production, so be sure to come out for some great food for thought about the Future of Food!
The event will be held on Friday, March 12th 2021 at 3pm AEDT. All audiences welcome
Zoom link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/82719400842?pwd=MHRqaHN1RTQ0ZGdRT3pTRHNSUjBvQT09
About Us: The Alternative Protein Initiative strives to build a healthy, sustainable, and just food system by creating a vibrant and robust community for alternative protein research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.
Enviro presents: Radical Reading Group 🧐📚
Where all bookworms, activists, climate enthusiasts and keen learning beans unite!
Every two weeks, we will be discussing about a different environment-related topic, accompanied by some optional readings. We will be covering interesting (and sometimes controversial) topics surrounding environmental justice, animal rights, UniMelb’s history of activism, philosophy and politics, and many more.
Come along to share your thoughts and knowledge, listen to the thoughts of others, and to learn!
We’d love your suggestions on what topic or reading we should feature. If you have a cool idea, or would like to facilitate a reading group – send us a message.
The reading group will be hosted on Zoom, 1-2PM every second Thursday of the semester unless otherwise announced.
We acknowledge that this event will be hosted on stolen Wurundjeri land and that sovereignty was never ceded. The Enviro department pays its respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Enviro 🤝 Welfare = 😎🍽
Love food? Need a lunch buddy? Want to know more about the Environment and Welfare departments? Then head to our Hopin Session at 12PM, Tuesday 23rd Feb and cook along with us!
We’ll be preparing and cooking up ingredients for a some bangin’, sustainable Viet spring rolls. Hop in (😏) to the ‘Sessions’ section of Hopin and chat with us about anything everything! Give us dumb hypotheticals, ask us funny questions, and join in our convo! See ya there.
Event location: ‘Sessions’ section of Hopin
Time & date: 12-1PM, Tuesday 23rd February
Facebook event link: TBC
We acknowledge that this event will be hosted on stolen Wurundjeri land and that sovereignty was never ceded. The Enviro and Welfare department pays its respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Bike Co-op x Enviro: So I heard you like Bikes…
You like Bikes? 🐝😏
After an eventful series of false-starts and interruptions the Bike Collective is once again gearing up for an exciting year of events. Although the extent of our physical re-opening is yet to be determined and subject to change, we will persevere to bring you livestreams, video-guides, cycling tours and maybe even a breakfast or two! If you’ve been bitten by the biking bike during Covid, have always been an avid cyclist or just have a burning question about that funny squeak your bike makes, then you won’t want to miss our first livestream of the year.
Friday February 26th, 2pm on the Bike Collective’s Facebook– the perfect way to finish off your Summerfest and learn about the basics of bike maintenance, how to do it yourself and when to seek more expert care. We will also briefly discuss how to pick up a new bike for yourself (or possibly build one from scratch!) for commuting or more specialised purposes.
Bike Collective Facebook page: www.facebook.com/unimelbbikecoop
Event link: to be updated
We acknowledge that this event will be streamed on stolen Wurundjeri land and that sovereignty was never ceded. The Bike Collective pays its respects to elders past, present and emerging.